VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS) - VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Research Services
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VA Innovation and Research Review System (VAIRRS)

 VAIRRS Workflow for Creating a New Project

  1. Log into with your username/password or PIV card
  2. Select “Create a New Project” on the left hand side of the screen
  3. Fill out the PI name, title, and any other relevant information. Select continue.
  4. Under the “Select a Library” drop-down menu, choose “VAAAHS Research and Development Committee”
  5. Click on “Initial FCOI_OGE_Form_450_Alternative_VA_032414a” to download the Conflict of Interest (COI) fillable PDF
    • A COI form needs to be completed for all investigators and co-investigators
    • Signed COIs should be emailed to
    • The COI Committee will review and, if approved, will forward signed COIs to the Research and Development Committee. If unable to approve, COIs will be routed for additional review. 
  6. Select the “start a wizard” button
  7. Then select “VA- Project Cover Sheet”.  Fill out the questions.  At any time you can "Save and exit" and come back later to revise.  This cover sheet will be located in the "Designer" tab.
  8. Under the “Designer” tab in the “Project Administration” section, you can continue to add required documents. Templates for standard forms will be available in the “Forms and Templates” section. Use the VAAAHS libraries. Click here for a list of the documents to add.   
  9. Under “Project Administration” select “Share this project”.  This project must be shared wtih all members of your study team.  For more information on sharing, click here.
  10. In the "Designer" workspace, under the table of documents, select “Link/Unlink Training Records”. Select the training and credentials that are needed to be linked for each person on the study team by checking the box on the left. Select “Save” to add the training.
  11. Under "Project Administration” select “Sign this Package”.  The PI should follow the instructions to sign off.
  12. Under "Project Administration” select “Submit this Package” and select VAAAHS Research Administration.  Click continue.  From the drop-down menu, select submission type as "New Project" for either human, animal, or bench/safety research.  It is okay if  your project applies to more than one of those categores, just select the most relevant.
You can also click here to watch a video demo of how to navigate VAIRRS/IRBNet.